Season: 2

Original Airdate: October 30, 1995

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): Andrew Prowse

Guest Stars
Elisa Beth Garver As Tech #2
Jeff Conaway As Sgt. Zack Allen
Jeffrey Willerth As Ambassador Kosh
John Vickery As Mr. Welles
Mark Hendrickson As Narn #1
Robin Sachs As Na’Kal
Donovan Brown As Pak’Ma’Ra Ambassador
Joshua Patton As Human/Minbari Kosh
Juliana Donald As Pilot #1
Rick Hamilton As Mitch
Kim Strauss As Drazi Ambassador

Synopsis: The Centauri begin invading smaller worlds, like those of the Pak’Ma’Ra and Drazi, while the remaining Narn heavy fighter asks for sanctuary at B5. Earth’s Ministry of Peace wants to make an alliance with the Centauri. Kosh lifts his skirts and shows us what’s inside.

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Notable Quotes

Keffer: Ghost
Starfury pilot: I don’t want ..
Keffer: It was jet black. A shade of Black so deep your eye just slides off it. It shimmered when you looked at it. A spider big as death and twice as ugly. When it flies past, it like you hear a scream in your mind. I saw it too.

Londo: Captain Sheridan!
Sheridan: The Narn warship is under my protection. I have guaranteed the right of free passage. Once it’s engines are repaired, it will leave Babylon 5 space. After that, it’s no business of ours. I have assigned a squad of fighters to escort the cruiser safely out of Babylon 5 space. You tell your cruiser to withdrawal at once. They open fire on any of our fighters I will respond with deadly force. End!

Sheridan: The whole station’s talking about what happened. Every race that was in the garden saw something different… yet the same. A being of light.
Delenn: Yes. Each according to his or her type.
Sheridan: But it was Kosh, wasn’t it? That’s what he meant when he said that if he left his encounter suit, he’d be recognized by… everybody.
Delenn: For millions of years, the Vorlons have visited other worlds, guided them and…
Sheridan: Manipulated us? Programmed us so that… when we saw them, we would react the right way?
Delenn: It is, as you say, a matter of perspective.

Drazi: And you, Ambassador Mallori, what did you see?
Londo: Nothing. I saw … nothing.

ISN Reporter: When our ship encountered a distress beacon attached to an Earth Force recording device, these images, released exclusively to ISN, were found on that recording. Strategic analysts in EarthDome have indicated they don’t know who this new race might be… but promised to find out

Sheridan: I apologize. I’m sorry. I’m sorry we had to defend ourselves against an unwarranted attack. I’m sorry that your crew was stupid enough to fire on a station filled with a quarter million civilians, including your own people. And I’m sorry I waited as long as I did before I blew them all straight to hell. As with everything else, it’s the thought that counts.

Ivanova: It was the end of the Earth year 2259, and the war was upon us. As anticipated, a few days after the Earth Centauri treaty was announced, the Centauri widened their war to include many of the Non-Aligned Worlds. And there was another war brewing closer to home, a personal one whose cost would be higher than any of us could imagine. We came to this place because Babylon 5 was our last, best hope for peace. By the end of 2259, we knew that it had failed. But in so doing, it became something greater. As the war expanded, it became our last best hope… for victory. Because sometimes, peace is another word for surrender. And because secrets have a way of getting out.

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